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Some days are hard and we’re beyond tired. We’re exhausted and start to wonder if our efforts are even worth it. But when it seems like there’s nothing left to give, we dig deeper and keep stepping.

We start the race strong. But soon it feels like there’s a load of bricks on our back. Our body is screaming for us to stop and part of us wants to give it the relief it craves.

But the race is not over yet.

We call on our inner reserves and push through the momentary pain in order to finish the course before us.

And with a clearly marked finished line this is much easier in many respects.

However, life and relationships rarely work this way.

Things are less defined and tend to come with a lot of waiting and simply enduring the daily grind.

Many days we feel like giving up. We might even fantasize about quitting or running away to escape the constant stress and pressure we feel.

But deeper we know this is not what we truly want. We’re simply exhausted and wrestling to find our inner will to continue.

Certainly there are times in which we just need to take the day off or engage in other forms of micropractices to keep going.

And of course we should also regularly step back and confirm this is the work God has called us to.

But often what is needed in these moments is for us to summon our inner warrior and to tap into this deeper strength in order to stay the course.

There is more to us than we often give ourselves credit for. And to quit prematurely shortchanges the larger capacity God is inviting us to grow into.

When the day is long, dig deeper and keep stepping.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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